Antonio Banderas Biography

Birthday: 1960-08-10
Place of Birth: Málaga, Málaga
Height: 5' 8½" (1.74 m)
Wiki Biography: Antonio Banderas, one of Spain's most famous faces who was a soccer player until he broke his foot at age 14, is now an international film star best known as Zorro in the eponymous film series. He was born José Antonio Domínguez Banderas on August 10, 1960, in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain. His father, Jose Dominguez, was a policeman in the Spanish civil guards. His mother, Doña Ana Banderas, was a school teacher. Young Banderas was brought up a Roman Catholic, but eventually had liberated himself from a religious indoctrination. He wanted to play soccer professionally and made much success playing for his school team until the age of 14, albeit his dream ended when he broke his foot. At that time he developed a passion for theatre after seeing the stage production of 'Hair'. Banderas began his acting studies at the School of Dramatic Art in Málaga, and made his acting debut at a small theatre in Málaga. He was arrested by the Spanish police for performance in a play by Bertolt Brecht, because of political censorship under the rule of General Francisco Franco. Banderas spent a whole night at the police station, he had three or four such arrests while he was working with a small theatre troupe that toured all over Spain and was giving performances in small town theatres and on the street. In 1979, at the age of 19, he moved to Madrid in pursuit of an acting career. Being a struggling young actor, he also worked as a waiter and took small modeling jobs. At that time he joined the troupe at the National Theatre of Spain, becoming the youngest member of the company. Banderas's stage performances caught the attention of film director Pedro Almodóvar, who cast the young actor in his film debut Labyrinth of Passion (1982). Banderas and Almodovar joined forces in making innovative and sexually provocative movies during the 1980s. In 1984 Banderas made headlines in Spain with his performance as a gay man, making his first male-to-male on-screen kiss in Almodovar's Law of Desire (1987). Banderas's long and fruitful collaboration with Pedro Almodóvar eventually prepared him for international recognition that came with his work in the Academy Award-nominated film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988). In 1991 he appeared as an object of Madonna's affection in Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991). In 1992 Banderas made his Hollywood debut with The Mambo Kings (1992). Because he did not speak English at that time, his dialogue for the film was taught to him phonetically. Banderas shot to international fame with his sensitive performance as a lover of Tom Hanks' AIDS-infected lawyer in Philadelphia (1993), then played opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994). Banderas further established himself as one of Hollywood's leading men after co-starring in Evita (1996) opposite Madonna in the title role. In 1998 he won acclaim for his portrayal of Zorro, opposite Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones, in The Mask of Zorro (1998). For the role as Zorro Banderas took training with the Olympic national fencing team in Spain, and practiced his moves with real steel swords, then he used the lighter aluminum swords in the movie. He also took a month-long course of horse-riding before the filming. He later returned to the role in The Legend of Zorro (2005). In 1999 Banderas made his directorial debut in Crazy in Alabama (1999), starring his wife, Melanie Griffith. He received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros opposite Salma Hayek in Frida (2002). He reprises his role as Puss in Boots in the next installment of the 'Shrek' franchise. Antonio Banderas established himself as internationally known Latin heartthrob with charismatic looks, and was chosen as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by the People magazine in 1996. He won numerous awards and nominations for his works in film, including three ALMA awards and three Golden Globe nominations, among many other. Since 1996 Banderas has been married to American actress Melanie Griffith and the couple has one daughter. Outside of his acting profession, Banderas has been a passionate soccer fan and a staunch supporter of the Real Madrid Football Club. He shares time between his two residencies, one is in the United States, and one in the South of Spain.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Shrek The Halls Puss in Boots 2007 Animation
Haywire 2011 Action
Kendra on Top Man 2012 Reality Tv
Black Gold Emir Nesib 2012 - 2013
Bordertown 2016 Crime
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Labyrinth of Passion Sadec 1982 Comedy, Drama
Los zancos Alberto 1984 Drama
Réquiem por un campesino español Paco 1985
La corte de Faraón Fray José 1985 Comedy, Musical
Caso cerrado Gasofa 1985
Matador Ángel 1986 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Puzzle Andrés 1986 Action
27 horas Rafa 1987
Así como habían sido Damián 1987
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Carlos 1988 0
El placer de matar Luis 1988 Crime, Thriller
Baton Rouge Antonio 1988 Crime, Mystery, Romance
Going Down in Morocco Alberto 1989 Comedy
Si te dicen que caí Marcos 1989 Drama, Mystery, Romance
El acto Carlos 1989
La blanca paloma Mario 1990 Action, Drama, Romance
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Ricky 1990 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Contra el viento Juan 1990 Drama
The Mambo Kings 1992 Drama, Music
Una mujer bajo la lluvia Miguel 1992 Comedy
¡Dispara! Marcos 1993 Drama, Thriller
The House of the Spirits Pedro Tercero García 1994 Drama, Romance
Two Much Art/Bart Dodge 1995
Four Rooms 1995 Comedy, 0, 0
Desperado El Mariachi 1995 Game Show, 0
Miami Rhapsody 1995 Comedy
Assassins Miguel Bain 1995 Action, Thriller, Crime
Never Talk to Strangers Tony Ramirez 1995 Crime, Drama, Romance
Evita Ché 1996 0, 0
Of Love and Shadows Francisco 1996 Drama
The Mask of Zorro Alejandro Murrieta 1998
Play It to the Bone Cesar Dominguez 1999 0, 0
The 13th Warrior Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan 1999 0, 0
The White River Kid Morales Pittman 1999 Comedy
Spy Kids Gregorio Cortez 2001 0, 0
Original Sin Luis Antonio Vargas 2001 Drama, Mystery, Romance
The Body Father Matt Gutierrez 2001 Drama, Mystery, Romance
Frida David Alfaro Siqueiros 2002 0
Femme Fatale Nicolas Bardo 2002 Biography, Game Show, Comedy, 0
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Gregorio Cortez 2002 0, 0
Spy Kids 2: Island Of Lost Dreams Gregorio Cortez 2002 Action, Adventure, Comedy
Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever Jeremiah Ecks 2002 Action, Thriller
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Gregorio Cortez 2003 0, 0, 0
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Pancho Villa 2003 Action, Drama
Imagining Argentina 2003 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Once Upon a Time in Mexico El Mariachi 2003 Action, Thriller
Shrek 2 Puss In Boots 2004 Drama, 0, 0, 0
The Legend of Zorro Don Alejandro de la Vega 2005 Action, Adventure
Pablo G. del Amo, un montador de ilusiones Miguel 2005
Take the Lead Pierre Dulaine 2006 Drama, Music
Homeland Security 2007
Bordertown Alfonso Diaz 2007 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Shrek the Third Puss in Boots 2007 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Shrek the Halls Puss in Boots 2007 Animation, Adventure
My Mom's New Boyfriend Tommy 2008
The Other Man 2008 0
Thick as Thieves 2009 Crime, Thriller
Shrek Forever After Puss in Boots 2010 0, Drama, 0, 0
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Greg 2010 0, 0
Haywire 2011 0
The Big Bang Ned Cruz 2011 Action, Mystery, Thriller
Puss in Boots Puss in Boots 2011 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Day of the Falcon Emir Nesib 2011 Adventure, Drama
Ruby Sparks Mort 2012 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
I'm So Excited León 2013 Comedy
Justin and the Knights of Valour Sir Clorex 2013 Animation
Machete Kills Gregorio Cortez 2013 Action, Crime, Thriller
33 días Pablo Picasso 2014 Biography, Drama
Autómata Jacq Vaucan 2014 Thriller
The 33 Mario Sepúlveda 2015 Drama